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There is something to suit every palate and budget in Uppingham. These restaurants are all close to the town centre and are listed in alphabetical order.

Choi’s: This long-established Chinese restaurant is at 3 North Street East. The menu includes Malaysian and Thai specialities as well as Chinese favourites. It also offers a take-away service. 01572 820200

Coppergate (formerly Beans): This coffee-shop-plus is always busy, often with teenagers from Uppingham School (but don’t worry, they’re a well-behaved bunch). It offers everything from coffee and sandwiches ‘to go’ through breakfast brunches and light lunches to afternoon teas. Personally, I can  recommend the American breakfast with pancakes, bacon and maple syrup. The jury is currently out on whether it still serves the best coffee in Uppingham: I have promised Lynne another anonymous taste test. 3 High Street East (on the top corner of the Market Square) 01572 823953.

Don Paddy’s: A long-standing favourite in the town, Don Paddy’s morphs from a coffee+newspaper cafe into a ‘let’s do lunch’ brasserie and through to a wine bar with proper meals in the evening. In prime position on the Market Square, there are tables and chairs on the pavement all year and in summer, it’s a popular spot for people-watching. Free WiFi is a bonus; I wish the lighting was better – the further back you sit the darker it is. 01572 822255.

Red India: This Indian restaurant is at 2 Stockerston Road, but is worth the stroll up High Street West past Uppingham School, I’m told (though I confess I’ve not eaten here yet). The extensive menu includes healthy eating options, and you should note that there is no alcohol licence: please bring your own wines or beers.

Roaming Giraffe at Uppingham Antiques Centre: This tiny ‘pop-up’ cafe popped up during Winter 2016 in the back garden of the antiques centre, and serves its own Roaming Giraffe brand and simple pastries/home-baked cakes, with seating for half a dozen or so on antique furniture which is for sale. The cardboard cups indicated it is more of a ‘to go’ cafe than a sit-down experience, but it’s a cute bolthole and the coffee is excellent.

The Falcon: Uppingham’s ancient coaching inn dominates the Market Square and in recent years has been given a new lease of life under the ownership of Robert Wilson’s Beaver Inns (which also owns The Vaults and Don Paddy’s). It is now ‘the’ place for ladies who meet for coffee and chat in the comfortable lounge bar and I’ve enjoyed special dinners here on many occasions. There are posh bedrooms too. 01572 823535

lunch at the Lake Isle Uppingham Rutland

lunch at the Lake Isle Uppingham Rutland

The Lake Isle: This Restaurant-with-Rooms is very popular with foodies, those looking for a special treat and with parents visiting their offspring at Uppingham School. The first thing to say is that while the Lake Isle’s double-fronted windows face onto High Street East, the entrance is a couple of doors down and along a narrow passage to the side door. Once you’ve got in, you’ll be in for a treat whether you choose lunch or dinner. I have never had a disappointing meal here and dishes are beautifully-presented. 16 High Street East, 01572 822951

The Orchard Cafe: This large cafe is within Uppingham’s garden centre (Welland Vale Garden Inspirations) which is a mile out of town on Glaston Road as it heads to the A47. A good all-day menu, popular with visitors to the garden centre and ladies who lunch. Opening times same as the garden centre (obv). 01572 824935

The Vaults: This pub faces The Falcon across the Market Square and with Don Paddy’s is under the same ownership but offers a completely different atmosphere and menu, with the emphasis rightly on good beer (so I’m told) and proper pub food from baguettes and burgers to fish or steak and chips.  There are pub-style benches on the deep pavement outside the pub. 01572 823259

As always on My-Rutland.com, all opinions are my own and therefore subjective. If you own one of these businesses and think I’ve got something wrong, please contact me to discuss/correct.

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